Author: Megan Purdy

I Don’t Want Sexy Leia Comics

Sexy Princess Leia is bad. Sexy General Leia might be even worse. (If you’ve come across sexy General Leia art, don’t tell me.) Late last year, Carrie Fisher died. She was sixty-one. This week her last on-screen performance, as General Leia Organa, leader of the Resistance, hits theatres. The Last Jedi is—not by design, though director Rian Johnson has embraced it—as much a tribute to the actor and that character as it is just another new Star Wars episode. It features a Leia Organa whose confidence and determination is not shaken by all the pain she’s endured. An older...

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Mudbound: A Gorgeously Shot Drama About Southern Racism

Mudbound Dee Rees (director), Rachel Morrison (cinematographer), Mako Kamitsuna (editor) Adapted from the Hillary Jordan novel by Dee Rees and Virgil Williams Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige (cast) January 21, 2017 (Sundance), September 10, 2017 (TIFF), November 17, 2017 (USA) Mudbound is a raw, historical family drama with a Faulkernian cadence. The film is a domestic epic that tracks the lives of two intertwined families, one Black and one white, in 1940s Mississippi. Both families have young sons away in the war and both are bowed under the daily struggles of farm life....

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Backlight: Hollywood Is a Hellscape But There’s Still Some Cool Projects to Look Forward To

The New York Times published a major investigative piece this week exposing decades of sexual harassment by Miramax head, Harvey Weinstein. NYT used a combination of named and unnamed sources, internal documents, and legal filings from settled claims to piece together a story of thirty years  of using his position to manoeuvre women into uncomfortable situations, sexually assault them, and to coerce sex. In response to the piece, Weinstein initially apologized, saying “I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to...

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Disobedience Is A Slow-Burning Portrait of Grief, Love and Community

Disobedience Sebastián Lelio (director), Danny Cohen (cinematographer), Nathan Nugent (editor) Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola (cast) Adapted from the Naomi Alderman novel Disobedence by Sebastián Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz September 10, 2017 (TIFF) Sebastián Lelio made two films this year about women being denied access to the formal grieving process of their society. In A Fantastic Woman, Daniella Vega plays Marina, a trans woman who is prevented from attending her boyfriend’s funeral by his violently transphobic family. In Disobedience, Rachel Weisz plays a queer Jewish woman who is discouraged from attending the funeral of her father by influential...

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A Fantastic Woman Is Fantastic

A Fantastic Woman Sebastián Lelio (director), Benjamín Echazarreta (cinematographer), Soledad Salfate (editor) Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Kuppenheim, Nicolas Saavedra, Amparo Noguera, Nestor Cantillana, Antonia Zegers, Sergio Hernandez (cast) Released February 12, 2017 (Berlin), April 6, 2017 (Chile) Marina and Orlando enjoy a night out to celebrate their relationship, which is only a year or so old. Marina has just moved in with the much older Orlando, who showers her with affection and the gift of a promised trip to a national waterfall park. The tickets went missing while Orlando was at the spa, but he can...

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